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Rain ends day one after Bird's double strike put Australia on top

Jackson Bird was impressive once again for Australia
Jackson Bird was impressive once again for Australia

Pakistan 142/4 (Ali 66no) v Australia
Second Test, Melbourne, day one

Jackson Bird struck twice before rain intervened as Australia restricted Pakistan to 142 for four in the 50.5 overs of play that were possible on day one of the second Test in Melbourne.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first with Sohail Khan replacing Rahat Ali while Australia went with an unchanged line-up.

The eighth over of the innings saw Azhar Ali (66 not out) survive a run out chance. After a cautious start, Pakistan managed just 16 runs in the first 11 overs.

In his first over, Nathan Lyon (1-42) had Sami Aslam (9) caught at first slip.

After a brief 42-run stand between Ali and Babar Azam (23), Josh Hazlewood (1-15) removed the latter as he edged one to the slips in the final delivery before lunch during which Pakistan were 60 for two.

Younis Khan (21) made successful use of a review to overturn a LBW decision in the 32nd over. Ali reached his half-century in the 52nd over which also was the fifty run between him and Younis.

Bird (2-53) pegged Pakistan back once again when they were gaining momentum after he castled Younis.

Misbah-ul-Haq (11) started the innings positively by smashing Lyon for a six but soon became Bird's second victim when he was caught brilliantly at short leg by Nic Maddinson.

Just when Australia were 142 for four, rain arrived, prompting umpires to call for early tea.

However, the rain was relentless allowing no further play possible in the final session. The game will begin 30 minutes early in the remaining days to compensate for the loss of play.

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